Training Aggressive Dogs

On July 17th, 2012, posted in: Uncategorized by samscotti

There are different types of aggression with dogs. There is fear aggression, which is when a dog is afraid and asserts themselves because they feel threatened (by other dogs or people). There is territorial aggression, which happens when a dog is guarding food, toys home or pack. There is dominant aggression, which is when a dog asserts themselves to control the environment (like nipping at the heels) and there is passive aggression (just kidding on that one, that’s just with us humans).

Anytime that a dog asserts themselves forcefully it is a type of aggression. Of course some forms are more dangerous than others, but it is important not to minimize any aggressive tendencies less they become more severe.

Can you train aggressive dogs? Yes, but the extent of training and the results will depend on the type and severity of the aggression and the ability to assert controlled leadership over the dog that is being aggressive.

Can all dogs be trained to stop being aggressive? Unfortunately in my experience the answer is no. This doesn’t mean that the dogs have to be put down, but it does mean that some dogs can’t be trusted in certain situations depending on the type of aggression.

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Dog Separation Anxiety

On December 29th, 2011, posted in: Uncategorized by samscotti

What is separation anxiety?

Dog separation anxiety is a disorder in dogs that causes them to become anxious, destructive and fearful when they are separated from their owner.

What causes separation anxiety?

The overwhelming cause of dog separation anxiety is an unhealthy relationship between the owner and their dog. When we say unhealthy we aren’t suggesting that the owner is being mean or mistreating their dog. In fact the very opposite is more likely the case. What we mean is that the relationship is responsible and causing the dog’s unhealthy behavior.

When a dog thinks themselves co-dependent, or feels too important and high in the pack status the result is anxious behavior. So now when the dog owner leaves, the dog becomes anxious and protests. What they are saying through their behavior is, “HOW COULD YOU LEAVE ME! GET BACK HERE!”

What are signs of dog separation anxiety?

When you leave, your dog;

Barks constantly
Becomes destructive, chews things up and digs in the ground or even the carpet.
Whines and scratches to get out.
Has uncontrolled urination or defecation issues.

These are some of the signs of dog separation anxiety.

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